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Great day hike especially in winter when there is snow.

1 month ago

This trail should have an easy rating not moderate. A pleasant walk with some historical significance. Would be good for beginners.

Fairly easy trail, it has tons of flowers and a beautiful stream that runs close by on multiple parts.

3 months ago

Took the kiddos up the shallow side as far as Josephine Saddle, then back down the steeper side. The ascent up from the lower trailhead is part of the "Super Trail", which unfortunately doesn't exist here on Alltrails. The trail is well marked as others have said, but not quite as many spectacular views as I had hoped. That probably changes further past the saddle, but the little ones can only take so much on a hot day. I'll be back to rock this trail solo soon enough and find out, but for now, the best views are on the drive up Madera Canyon to the trailheads!

Still a nice outing overall, and can't beat that Arizona pinyon scent as you go over 6k ft. Probably wouldn't have done it at all for a while if Mt. Lemmon wasn't on fire and closed. Looking forward to other trails in the area.

5 months ago

5 months ago

No bear stopped me from making it to the top this time. Second time going all the way to the top of mount wrightson .. this time was much easier than the first time.. love this trail,, well kept and easy I say, long but easy!! Will definitely do it again at some point!!

We were heading up the top but we ran into a bear and we turned around, we saw the bear and he/she saw us but no aggression from it at all, but we thought it was safer to turn around and we took trail towards agua caliente and Josephine. Great hike for sure, great views and cool nice weather!!!

We did a bactrack once we hit Sylvester Springs (dog was getting a limp). The way back down was a little sketchy in spots but a beautiful fun trail. Can't wait to go back when it greens up too!

I like a challenge and this trail definitely offers one. It's steep...very steep! Probably the steepest trail I have ever hiked to date. I am not a fast hiker and tend to keep a pace that lets me take less breaks. There were many breaks on this trail. I hiked it March 26th alone except I did bring my almost two year old lab. He was a trooper and practically pulled me up the trail at times. Fortunately the weather was fairly cool as I would not recommend this trail in hot weather. The views are awesome and offer views of the valley and Mt Wrightson. We did not take the trail back down and I would not recommend it except to the most hardy of hikers. At the top we connected with the Agua Caliente Trail over to Josephine Saddle and onto Super Trail back to the parking lot. Out total time was about 5 1/2 hours with a nice 30 minute break at the saddle.

On the Coronado National Forest website, the name of this trail is the Very Steep/Vault Mine Trail. I should have read that before I hiked it yesterday. I probably would have done it anyway, but I'd have been less surprised. From the upper parking lot to the Agua Cliente Saddle, is about 3 miles even, according to my GPS. Once you leave the river bed, there is about 1.5 miles of brutally steep terrain. I can do Old Baldy trail from the upper parking lot to the top of Mt Wrightson without stopping to rest. I stopped several times on the Very Steep/Valut Mine Trail.

Coming down the trail is also challenging. Fortunately, I had a collapsable walking stick on my pack. Without one, a normal person would find the trip down quite challenging.

I will hike this trail again, if it is the "easiest" way to get to another trail I wish to see. I will not hike this trail again solely for recreation or entertainment.

Did I mention it was steep?

We hiked counter-clockwise from the picnic area. Much of the hike is on old forest road which is extremely rocky and hard on feet and ankles. Going up there is some shade and nice hike along a stream. Final assent to Kent spring is tough! Coming down the back is gentler trail and you get some great big views. The springs are nothing special....just man made catch basins.

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